Really, in the greatest irony of all, the closest thing I could find OTL to Beutelism is...


Yup. The main opponent of tyranny and most famous free-thinker ITTL is, at least to a degree, a fascist.
Now Iturbide and Simon Bolivar have been touched on, how's one Jose de San Martin been doing? Or a William Brown?
What is the difference between the regular Union army and the Volunteer Brigades?

I could see California, Georgia, and Texas offering land to Europeans with French assistance in transportation and development. Maybe someone could make a poster in French, German, Spanish (main languages of the French Empire and satellites).
What is the difference between the regular Union army and the Volunteer Brigades?

I could see California, Georgia, and Texas offering land to Europeans with French assistance in transportation and development. Maybe someone could make a poster in French, German, Spanish (main languages of the French Empire and satellites).

This will be described more thoroughly in future chapters, but the Volunteer Brigades are actually radically devout AFC acolytes who fight under the blessing of the Church. They forfeit pay and other benefits in exchange for being allowed to collect "war booty" and other examples of "God's provisions." Basically, they're crazy Protestant Crusaders meet Jihad in the style of the American Civil War OTL. XD They don't fear death and they will give their all for the Church and Prophet.

How is it like Anarcho-Fascism?

Through some versions of it I have read, some anarcho-fascists teach that since the pure anarchist utopia won't be voluntarily set up by the people, they must be violently liberated by the minority. Then, they will violently liberate others and so forth. So sort of like International Communism too. It's really blurry though.
i sort feel like the only way for the south to not be overwhelmed by the union would be to have a alliance or have them unite into one country or the union will be conquered
I feel more that they like to be OTL extreme libertarians as its endpoint, if only more, more violent and angry of the upper classes. This is more of a social theory than economic that Marx did IOTL.


"We are becoming like gods. We harness the power of the lightning bolts, we invent horseless leviathans that traverse mountains and plains, we build massive factories with smokestacks stretching to the heavens, and we steam and sail to the far corners of the world, bringing white civilization and religion to those less favored than us. Truly, a golden age has come, an Age of Industry."
-Union inventor Carl Ferguson

The name "Industrial Age" (commonly called the "The Industrial Renaissance" in Europe) was coined by Carl Ferguson, an American inventor who invented very little. However, his magazine Knowledge for All was widely read throughout North America, so his expression (printed in Issue 228) became very well known. It is not an easy thing to pinpoint just when the Industrial Age began, and there is still dispute as to if it should be considered part of the so-called Pax Napoleonica, or rather if it was simply the second phase of the Pax Napoleonica.


France (or rather, the greater Southern European Catholic monarchic meritocracy it had become) was on a technological spree, beginning at the ill-fated Paris World Congress of 1838. Prussia, with Friedrich Wilhelm III in horrible health but still on the throne, was right behind or tied with them. Prussian railroads were expanding rapidly and, despite numerous horrific train accidents, were wildly successful and popular. Prussia's economy exploded, worrying its rival France even further.

But another feature of the Industrial Age was that the major powers did not wage war. As long as they were preoccupied with building colonies and industrializing, empires like France and Prussia had little desire to go spelunking into neighboring countries close to home. The current alliance system had engulfed the entire civilized world and any war would almost certainly result in decades of violence. Besides, there wasn't much to fight over. Any attempt to remove the Bonapartes from power now would be laughable. Besides, so many had lived with them on the throne that the days of their illegitimacy seemed long over. No, any war would involve most of the planet, and with only gunpowder technology to fight it, it could go on indefinitely or even "forever." This was the last thing anyone wanted.

Still, not all was well in Europe. The Kingdom of England, still under Edward VII "the Puppet", was slowly picking up its economy and moving into the modern world, but increasing French control was growing irksome for the prideful Englishmen. French troops occupied most cities side-by-side with the Redcoats, and French overseers made sure that England's military elite didn't show any signs of a coup against Edward the Puppet. The most frightening thing about England's situation was a growing presence of Russian spies and infiltrators. Apparently, Alexander II still had the hots for Princess Victoria, and was growing increasingly bold in his desire to marry the future queen. Edward expressed no opinion. When told by Napoleon II to discourage her, he did as instructed. Neither Victoria nor Alexander backed down. Since the days of the fall of Great Britain, the threat of revolution had been high. When Napoleon I had first sent in the Imperial Guard to protect Edward from his own people in 1832, the protest became riots. By the late 1830s, the nation was on the verge of civil war.

Then, in 1840, Alexander (age 22) finally requested marriage to Victoria (age 21). Napoleon II panicked and considered demanding Edward skip Victoria in the line of the succession, but realized it would incite civil war in Britain. Plus, Victoria was an only child, and passing the position of heir to another relative would look terrible. Frustrated and defeated, Napoleon II agreed to back out of the affair. Alexander married Victoria on December 21st, 1840, in St. Petersburg. Victoria became Viktoriya Alexandrovna, future Queen of England and Empress Consort of the Russian Empire. Ten months later, on October 29th, 1841, Crown Prince Nicholas was born. His parents announced they would train him to speak both Russian and English. They would have several more children, with Viktor being the youngest, born in 1860, when Victoria was 41 years old. They stated Viktor was a "surprise," but nonetheless "A blessing from God."​


Crown Prince Alexander II and his wife Victoria of England


A seven year-old Crown Prince Nicholas

Despite the huge Anglo-Russian powder-keg being primed to blow, the Industrial Age remained peaceful in Europe.


After the Green Mountain War and the Mexican War, an eerie truce had settled from Quebec to Yucatan. Despite control of the Mississippi River being a ticking time bomb, there were no true wars. However, civil unrest was widespread, which would, in the Union, lead to the formation of one of the most infamous organizations of all time. Also, the Council of Jehovah would elect a new Reverend-Colonel for the first time.


The Prophet Aaron Burr II, Reverend-Colonel of the AFC Church

On June 2, 1839, the Prophet Burr passed away of a massive stroke. A period of national mourning began that was unparalleled in American history up to that point. Every place of business that wasn't a necessity was shut down for a full week, flags across the country were flown at half-staff for a month, and all AFC churches draped black banners from their entrances that read "All Hail the Prophet Burr, may he rest till Judgement Day." These words would become one of the mantras of the Church in years to come. The Council of Jehovah met to elect a new Reverend-Colonel for the first time and many thought Theodore Burr, Aaron Burr's son, to be the likely choice. However, unbeknownst to the public, the Council of Jehovah had actually long despised Theodore as nothing more than a party animal and philanderer and considered him a degenerate. They knew, however, that publicly shaming Theodore Burr would make the Council look like it was taking over power from the Prophet's family in a sick move to exploit Aaron's death. They knew that they had to deal with Theodore somehow, but delicately and without ruining the Prophet's last name.

This resulted in the "Crow Conspiracy" of which the public would never find out. Jesse Appleton, known as Grand Master Crow to his cohorts and to the public as the smiling evangelist father-in-law of Colonel Franklin Pierce, formulated a plot to get rid of the annoying playboy Theodore once and for all. They decided they would actually murder him in a discreet way to make room for Edward Everett to become Reverend-Colonel. On August 3, 1839, Theodore Burr went out on the beautiful Lake Wallenpaupack, in northeastern Pennsylvania, for an afternoon of fishing... and mostly drinking, his favorite pastime. In one of the most bizarre assassinations of all time, while Burr was docking his boat after he was done fishing agents of the Council released a massive 500 pound black bear on the edge of the pier. The highly distraught and intoxicated Burr froze for an instant and then began screaming for all it was worth. The already starved and irritated bear had enough and charged the son of the Prophet, mauling him and ripping his throat out. It should be noted that this seemingly insane plot was only one of several dozen ways they could have killed Burr. Others were more discreet, such as poisoning his food, but this ridiculous one was honestly the least likely to look suspicious. It was just a freak accident to the general public. Years later, a certain American despot would discover the Crow Conspiracy and it inspired his penchant of feeding enemies to bears. Because he could.

This left the charismatic and staunchly devout Edward Everett to helm the Church. In September, 1839, he was elected by the Council as the next Reverend-Colonel. As the Union expanded outwards thanks to the Louisiana Purchase and the acquisition of Oregon, the Church needed a firm guiding hand to expand. Under Everett, it would see its power stretch to new heights and its missionaries would know reach the Pacific. Reverend-Colonel Everett would only be surpassed in power and popularity by one other Reverend-Colonel in the history of the Church, when William Graham would be anointed in the 20th century.

In other affairs in the Union, clusters of immigrants deemed inferior by the "Betters of Society" oftentimes formed huge gangs in their ghettos to protect themselves and to fight other groups of poor immigrants. Boston, one of the main arrival points for immigrant workers ("New Slaves" as discussed before in earlier chapters), was swarmed with crime. The Boston Police simply could not contain the horde of angry and hungry Irish and Slavs. On some days, over twenty people were murdered daily. The neighborhood Protestants did the only thing they could think of: they formed their own gangs. Mobs of armed men would occasionally make incursions into the ghettos and randomly assault immigrants. The immigrants fought back and in turn joined the gangs; thus starting an endless cycle. Finally, in 1841, under First and Second Chief Consuls Aaron Burr Payton and Zachary Gibbs, the Union government sent in special military units to put an end to all of the gangs, regardless of ethnicity or faith. It was stunningly successful, and the same thing was done in all major cities. Suddenly, a new branch of government had been created: the Republican Union Military Police (or RUMP as it would later be commonly nicknamed). General William J. Worth was appointed the first head of the MPs.


William J. Worth, Chief of the Military Police

Worth was a slimy graduate of the New York City School of Corruption, and though he held the position of Chief from 1842 until his death in 1866, he lacked people skills and suffered from alcoholism. One of his closest friends was none other than Charles Goodyear, who Worth credited with "guiding him to Jesus" by recommending listening to famed preacher Edward Everett. Worth, by all reports, while a cold-blooded alcoholic, was exceedingly dedicated to his line of work. Many of the most famous core principles of the Military Police were penned by Worth. While an avowed racists and staunch Scientific-Marxist, Worth saw the white protestant gangs as criminals all the same.

But an officer on duty knows no one—to be partial is to dishonor both himself and the object of his ill-advised favor. What will be thought of him who exacts of his friends that which disgraces him? Look at him who winks at and overlooks offenses in one, which he causes to be punished in another, and contrast him with the inflexible officer who does his duty faithfully, notwithstanding personal feelings. The conduct of one will be venerated and emulated, the other detested as a satire upon the title officer and its honor."

-William J. Worth, Chief of the Military Police​

Over the years, the Military Police worked hand-in-hand with Goodyear's army of "Company Men" to eliminate threats to the growing de-centralized police state the R.U. was becoming. Using an ordinary census as a cover, RUMP began collecting information on the whereabouts of every single immigrant. This laid the foundation for later intense government surveillance of all immigrants. Even when immigration from Ireland and Eastern Europe began to slow, third-generation Irish- and Slavic-Americans were still classified as "immigrants." The word was said with hatred by almost all. Meanwhile, welcomed arrivals, like Germans and English, were called "new citizens." But in the end, RUMP mostly only existed in the large cities with huge immigrant populations and crime. This lack of firm control out west would later end with the creation of the brutal Custer's Company.


Military Policemen of the 1840s-1860s; RUMP officers were long famous for sporting spiked pith helmets

Meanwhile, the new technology being unveiled by Goodyear and his North American rivals was indeed making life easier and more exciting for those not being persecuted. A crude "telephone" was invented in Atlanta, Republic of Georgia, in 1845, by a group of electricians (a new occupation, or at this point, hobby). It consisted of a 2 foot by 4 foot wooden box, with long cords that went from one house into another. They could only work with the two cords (in other words, they could not be equipped so three or four people could talk to each other). The sound received was very feint. The idea was abandoned by 1850, but it was picked up again in the 1870s. The light bulb was greatly expanded upon by Samuel Morse (Colonel Goodyear Enterprises' Vice President). He was so successful in his experiments that he said all homes would be equipped with light bulbs by 1880. He was very close in this prediction.

The crowning glory of American Invention during the Industrial Age was the product of Newport News, the slowly rebuilt former trade-hub of Virginia, by local inventor Henry Wilson. For years, he had been obsessed with electromagnetic communication, a study that was all the rage in Europe. After ten years of failure, Wilson erected a series of poles in his neighborhood, all linked with wire. Then, he tested his new machine. The Telegraph, an invention that had long been toyed with all across North America, had just been perfected. In no time, the inventor and his nephew Jed Wilson developed a code system. The system became known as Wilson Code and it was used when Newport News made the first complete wired transmission between cities in history, on January 5th, 1845. The message to Richmond: "What Hath God Wrought?" The world would never be the same.

Almost overnight, thanks to a loan from the Bank of Savannah (Georgia's biggest bank) telegraph lines shot up all over the South, connecting city after city. The Yankees quickly stole the technology and the Yankee Doodle Telegraph Company, founded by up-and-coming robber-baron Miles Hendricks, began erecting poles and running wires all across the Union. While Yankee Doodle Telegraph was the favored service of the eastern cities, the Old Kinderhook Telegraph Corporation ran lines to the western territories, connecting to the Pacific in 1849. Old Kinderhook, named after Van Buren's nickname which in turn derived from his birthplace in Kinderhook, New York, was owned by playboy millionaire Martin van Buren, known as "one of the most debauched and narcissistic men who was ever born." Van Buren had long been rich off of his lucrative shipping company, also named Old Kinderhook, operating since the opening of the Erie Canal and that had since expanded to the Mississippi River. Now, he sought to develop a monopoly out in the western territories on telegraph and shipping. This led to the creation of the Old Kinderhook Express, which consisted of thousands of riders carrying mail and freight by horse or wagon out all the way to the Pacific coast. Van Buren would later employ the services of Custer's Company to defend his lines and riders from hostile native tribes. The stopping of an Old Kinderhook Shipping cargo ship by the Georgian Navy would later lead to the greatest North American crisis of the 19th century.


Martin Van Buren
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Yes, Theodore Burr gets assassinated by a bear. XD I deliberately thought up the most hilarious and ridiculous way to kill him off to counter this TL's pretty deep dark streak. lol

Also, this is a minor retcon of "The Life of Aaron Burr II," an addition which stated Theodore Burr was the future Reverend-Colonel. I decided he served no good purpose story-wise and thus erased that and had him killed off. Everett is much better-suited anyway. Also, we'll be hearing more from Milo Miles soon!
The 1838 World Congress: Tragedy in Paris


The Assassination of Kaiser Franz Karl and his Wife (London Times, 1838)
Napoleon II was extremely eager to host the Congress in his Imperial capital. He was prepared to put on the "biggest show on earth" that would "dazzle and shock the world." He would announce a more final union of France and Spain for one thing, and no longer would he be known as the Caesar of France and Emperor of Spain, but as "Caesar of the United Empire of France and Spain," in a similar vein to Franz Karl being Kaiser of Austria-Hungary. He had his fiance, Eugénie, a daughter of a minor Spanish noble, secretly moved to Paris in time to announce his wedding. He would also show off new ironclad warships, improved rifles, and much, much more. As peace seemed to be relatively stable and many nations were happy with the status quo, most of the world looked forward to the event, not having a clue that a sovereign monarch and his wife were about to be assassinated and forever put an end to the World Congresses.

Meinrad Beutel, an influential Hessian philosopher, was held to blame for the deaths of Franz Karl and his wife Sophia of Bavaria. In 1828, Beutel published the 239-page book The Anarchist Way, which railed against the ever more powerful empires and dictatorships and insisted that all men who desire to be free should fight against tyranny using whatever means necessary. Following a failed attempt at multiple anarchist nations in South and Central America, he was executed by firing squad in Mexico in 1836. In death, he had become much more popular than when he was alive, and his demise at the hands of a ruthless imperialistic tyrant just made him that much more popular.

It was with these teachings flowing through his head that ethnic Dutchman Fons Elbert Spijker entered the Paris Congressional Palace and International Exhibition which saw a crowd of some nine thousand civilians during the first day it was open. The Congress had not officially begun, and only a few leaders were present so far. Spijker was a floor-sweep at the Palace had access to most all parts of the structure, so he attracted little attention. Under his coat was a small flintlock pistol and a dagger. This floor-sweep was going to murder Caesar Napoleon II and bring about the collapse the French Empire.


Only known picture of Spijker

The royal families of France-Spain, Austria-Hungary, Russia, and Ireland were attending a military band competition on the night of July 4th, 1838, in the Concert Hall of the Paris Congressional Palace. Spijker had found out who was to be situated in which seats through a friend in the booking department and was certain his plan would succeed. At 6:33 that evening, Spijker began his ascent up the stairs to Emperor Napoleon's private seats. Seconds later, a guard noticed him and began walking toward him. Panicking, Spijker lost his nerve and bashed through the entrance, took out his pistol and dagger, and... shot Austrian Kaiser Franz Karl directly in the back of the head. The whole Concert Hall began shrieking and the guards came running, weapons ready. Furious he had killed the wrong man, Spijker turned to the screaming Kaiserina Sophia and slashed her throat with his dagger. He then leapt from the balcony, raised the bloody dagger over his head, and shouted proudly, "Sic Semper Tyrannis! The People will be free! Down with the Hierarchy!" A moment later, a French Imperial Guard shot him in the chest, killing him instantly in front of the entire crowd.

As Franz Karl's brain matter dripped onto the floor and Sophia's body sat almost beheaded, Spijker's last thought was probably of frustration for Napoleon not being in the seat instead. It just so happened that Napoleon had invited the Austro-Hungarian Imperial family to sit with him in his box. Seconds before Spijker arrived, Caesar had stepped out to fetch his fiance to meet his former rivals. Napoleon reportedly suffered a minor nervous breakdown, knowing the bullet was meant for him. The Congress was cancelled. There would never be another. The French and Austrian economies plummeted overnight.


The Hapsburg Imperial Funeral in Vienna
"Today France, Spain, and all other territories under the Crown of House Bonaparte mourn the sinister murder of the noble and honorable Emperor Franz Karl I, of the Empire of Austria-Hungary, and of his wife, the beautiful Empress Sophia. They were both brave and true friends of our people, who desired peace and stability for all of Europe. We must not allow their dream to shatter. We must not allow the Anarchists to interrupt stability on this continent. Now orphaned, the Austro-Hungarian Imperial children will be henceforth cared for and raised by Caesar Napoleon II of the Imperial Union, and his future empress, Eugénie. These children, Franz Josef, age eight, Maximilian, age six, Karl Ludwig, age five, and Maria Anna, age three, will be full members of the Imperial Family and will receive all the rights and benefits thereof. Caesar Napoleon II now has an heir, Franz Josef, who, if no other, natural-born male child is produced, will ascend the throne of the Empire under the name Caesar Francis Joseph I. The articles of the Second Treaty of Vienna are hereby declared null and void and the governing of the Empire of Austria-Hungary shall, for the duration of the current instability, fall to Field Marshal Joseph Radetzky von Radetz. A Third Treaty of Vienna shall be drawn up later this year to decide matters over the eventual union between France-Spain and Austria-Hungary into a Tripartite Imperial Union."

-Official Response of the Franco-Spanish Imperial government to the Franz Karl Assassination, July 5th, 1838

The young children of Franz Karl were indeed legally and officially adopted by the Franco-Spanish Imperial Family the day of their wedding, August 2nd, 1838. Caesar Napoleon II and Caesarina Eugénie were parents. No longer did the House of Bonaparte need to worry about a collapse for lack of an heir. Adopted at such a young age, only Franz Joseph (legally Francis Joseph I, Prince of Bombay and the Heir of Hapsburg) was old enough to have any nationalistic thoughts about Austria. The other children were swiftly and intensely "Frenchified." All the children learned to speak French, German, Spanish, some English, and of course Latin. Francis Joseph was reeducated into a solid Bonapartist by the time he was ten. However, upon the birth of Napoleon III in 1839, he no longer was Prince of Bombay or first in line to the Bonaparte throne.


Caesarina Eugénie of the United Empire of France and Spain


Francis Joseph, age 15


Maximilien, Count of Vienna, age 16


Charles Louis, age 12


Marie Anne, age 8
Directly following the wedding, Napoleon II went to Vienna to negotiate the future of Southern Europe. His puppet, the half-senile Field Marshal Radetzky, was actually being manipulated by Caesar's mother, Dowager Caesarina Marie Louise. Over the decades, she had certainly become a shadow empress in her own right. In what was a surrender of sovereignty, Austria-Hungary essentially became a part of France upon Radetzky's signing of the Third Treaty of Vienna. Upon his coming to the throne, Napoleon III would become sovereign of Austria-Hungary, and would almost certainly make Austria-Hungary and its territories mere states in a bloated United Bonapartist Empire. Many Austrians did not like this one bit, but the few instances of actual civil unrest were put down by the Austrian army acting directly on the orders of Radetzky. To most, the events were simply a great tragedy and made the witch-hunt for anarchists that much more thorough. Napoleon II stepped up his police state measures, creating the Imperial Secret Service. Detectives and police scoured the streets for anarchists and subversives and sent many off packed in ships like sardines to the to desolate and disparate Australian holdings.
Already, the first steps for a total French domination have unwittingly been done. It'll be interesting to see Prussia seize the moment to utilize any nationalistic means to encourage a unified Germany.
When Charles Goodyear finally dies, can his death be as painful and humiliating as possible? Seems like the man should experience a little karmic justice for all the suffering he’s caused